Okay, so we now have everybody online and I’m Sangeeta Pati. I wanted to welcome you and this Margaret Davis is here. So, we’re real excited today because we’re hoping to share with you some of the things that we’ve learnt about food. We know that our food source is critical. We have a lot of information about how you can increase your nutrient content and value of the food that you are eating, and we hope to share this.
This particular webinar will be archived on MD Prescriptives’ website and also on websites of your physicians so that you can access it because some of the information will be presented in rather quickly with the idea that we’re trying to get an idea across. We will be giving you some very concrete recipes and there also will be recipes that are specifically posted onto MD Prescriptives’ website. We, of course, thank them for sponsoring this and move forward.
So, the first thing you notice on this slide is just how pretty it is and how colorful it can be to superfood your life. Many of you know that when you’re trying to restore optimal function, you may restore optimal function in the body by working in different areas. These are some of the different areas that we work in.
My belief is if you optimize each of these areas that you will be in an optimal state of health today and also optimally protected against degenerative conditions going down the line. So, the philosophy behind this whole thing is the first principle which is knowledge is your power to choose what’s right for you.
So, providing the knowledge means that you are able to choose and if you choose one out of ten things, pat yourself on the back. You choose five out of ten things, pat yourself on the back. Whatever you do – congratulate yourself for the things you do and do not put energy into the things you do not do.
These kinds of lifestyle changes and behavior modifications come slowly and they come as we feel motivated by the data. Enjoy the process of discovering new foods because that is a process which as you start to get down the line, you’ll see the power of it. Basic dietary recommendations are broken into three components.
The Nutritional Program is first of all primarily based in food because food and nature basically packaged our nutrients in the most bioavailable way that the body can receive. So for example, the difference between taking a supplement of vitamin C and taking a citrus like an orange and hopefully eating not only the orange pulp but also the peel and the seeds, if one can get those down.
The fact is that nature has packaged that vitamin C next to many bioflavonoids and we’re going to be talking about how to increase that today. There are always some basic supplements, usually a multivitamin and an omega. We use Essentials 5 in 1 for our multi and RxOmega for omega, and also measurement.
How much COQ10 one person needs and how much COQ10 the other person needs is going to be depending upon how much muscle they’re using and how much activity they have on a daily basis. So, assuming that everybody needs the same amount is not accurate. There are five basic principles in this process.
The first one is to eat 50% vegetables. The second one is to eat more plant protein and less animal protein. The third one is to eat eight different colors of vegetables. The fourth one, eat organic and/or local, and add Superfoods. The first question that has to come to mind is why? Where did we get this from? Let’s go through that a little bit.
So, we flipped the pyramid and we’re suggesting that at least 50% of every meal comes from vegetables. If you look at the data that’s come out over the years and any of you who have not had a chance to view Forks Over Knives which is based upon the China Study should take the opportunity to look at it because it really is the methodology that’s being used by Cornell University, Cleveland Clinic, Yale to reverse degenerative disease.
So, this program we’re laying out for you is actually to reverse vascular and [Urv?] [5:22] degenerative conditions, blood pressure, cholesterol, rheumatoid arthritis, any inflammatory condition. This is the book. It’s the largest comprehensive study done and some of the things they found is first of all, does milk really help us or not?
What the data is showing is that milk increases the casein in cow’s milk, increases cancer cells. This is a cancer cell proliferation at 20% casein from milk and this is at 5%. So, milk increases cancer cells. The other thing we know is it increases antibodies that attack the pancreas, the thyroid, the adrenals and it causes more diabetes Type 1. It causes more fractures.
That’s been shown in several different studies at this point. The last study is showing that the more plant protein we eat, the less hip fracture which could be surprising to some because you could ask, “Well, how could that be? I mean where is the calcium coming from? Where’s the magnesium coming from?”
The fact of the matter is that the more animal protein we have, the more acid and the more calcium loss we have because we’re trying to neutralize the acid by mobilizing calcium from the bone. Plant-based calories lead to less weight gain. This is been found in that study, the China Study. They’re associated with less disease in general. It doesn’t matter which disease you’re looking at but every single one is lower with plant-based eating.
Are we saying everybody has to become plant-based? No. Are we saying that everybody should increase their plant-based diet? Up to an extent, possible, yes. We have successfully used these plant-based Superfood programs because they always go hand in hand for allergies and sinus and all kinds of inflammatory conditions. Psoriasis, eczema, arthritis, any condition on your skin should be treated by treating the diet first.
The general purpose is to reduce the digestive load on the bowel and increase the nutrient levels and that increases the energy levels and the pH of the body, which encourages healing and decreases inflammation. Anybody can ask if plants has enough nutrients. I’ve had many people, sometimes in an audience of people, who are competing competitively asking whether or not you can actually get enough protein that way.
This is an example of some of the people who are completely vegan who are competing and holding Guinness Book of World Records because if you look at 500 calories from plant-based foods; tomato, spinach, lima beans and peas, and you look at 500 calories from animal-based food; beef, chicken, pork, whole milk in equal portions.
You find that the protein is 33 in one and 34 in the other. So, you’re really not talking about a huge difference in protein. If you look at the amount of vitamin A and fiber and you look at the next slide which shows you that even the iron, the magnesium, and the calcium are many-fold higher in plant-based foods than animal-based foods. You’ll realize that yes, you can get your nutrients from plants.
Of course, one of the things that we know is that really this is a family process and preparation to this process is the key. Focusing on what you want to add. Focusing on how you want to feel and hydrating. Taking food with you. Fruits, nuts, seeds, easy snacks on the go. The second principle we talked about is what your plate should look like.
This is the plate of 50% vegetables that gives you the best balance of your insulin swings that cause the hypoglycemic episodes and the hyperglycemic episodes that cause weight gain. So, anytime we keep our plate with 50% vegetables on it, we are able to keep the sugar swings on the blue line rather than the red line.
When we say eat eight colors of fruits and veggies, it’s because every color works on a different organ. The organs work, for example, an orange. The carotenoids work on the eye. Blue and red vegetables and fruits work on the vascular system. That’s why Resveratrol is a very strong vascular protectant.
When we say eat organic, local, or wild harvested and look how pretty this picture is. I used to be rather shy of recommending organic strongly because I never thought that I had enough data to really support that. Let me show you the data. First of all, the first thing besides avoid pesticides and avoiding GMO is that organic foods have now been shown to have 40% more nutrients and 30% more antioxidants.
Obviously, the pesticides that are coming from organic foods are infiltrating our life in every level from the soil, onto the people, into the water, the fish, raining in, the birds. So basically the pesticides don’t just enter our bodies but it enters everything around us. They’re associated with birth defects and cancers and Parkinson’s and heart disease, and neurological conditions.
As far as genetically modified organisms, I can simply tell you that every single study that’s ever been done on genetically modified organisms has shown that they cause damage to the lining of the intestines, the kidneys, the liver at a 100% rate. That’s why many of the countries have already banned genetically modified organisms.
In Europe, they’re actually at less than .1% of their crop whereas in the United States we’re at 66% genetically modified crop. So limiting the major ones like corn, soy, cotton and alfalfa. Of course, we don’t eat cotton but anything with corn, soy, or alfalfa in it is going to basically be genetically modified.
This is the study showing that organic foods have much more nutrients anywhere from 152% more. In some minerals to 86% to 372% less selenium. So, they just have mineral content. If you can’t eat organic, eating local is also appropriate because at least it’s close to the energy of the sun.
You’ll see people labelling things wild harvested. We would tell you that wild harvested is actually as good if not better than organic because it’s actually growing in its natural environment and under organic conditions. There are a lot of books now on superfoods and coming to the meat of what we want to talk about today.
The superfoods allow us to make up for the deficits that we’re seeing in the regular foods. These are some of the books that we use and refer to. There’s a nice recipe book which will be on MD Prescriptives’ website that you’ll be able to access some recipes. The main reason is because of the reduced nutrients in our soil.
The USDA study shows a 50% reduction of all crop nutrients from1950 to 1999. So, what I found is that if you add superfoods which are dense in these kinds of nutrients, you’re able to make up for that. So, when you look at this huge list of superfoods which you’ll have access to on the website, it becomes a little daunting.
When you start thinking about, “Well, I try to add three or four superfoods every morning. So maybe, I’ll try to get in a little bit of coconut and cacao and a little bit of hemp seed, or aloe vera.” Every day change it up. It doesn’t have to be the same thing every single day but it has to be easy and doable. These things have to be available and proper forms in your kitchen.
You have to understand what matches and mixes with what so it tastes good because pleasure in your taste of what you’re eating is critical. If it doesn’t taste good and you’ll have to hold your nose to eat it, then that’s not going to be good for you either. I am going to turn this over now for the whole bulk of what we’re going to talk about today, to how to make this happen.
How do you add superfoods to your diet? So, even if you’re not going to go plant-based completely which was not what we’re recommending but the first step we recommend is add some superfoods to your diet. So, I’m handing it over to Margaret. She’s been doing this for years.
She embraced the concept of eating food and quality foods from over 20 years ago through her [indiscernible] [15:09] background. So I think that some of the recipes that she’s going to leave you with today. Four or five core recipes that I truly suggest you try out and here she is.
Thank you Dr. Pati. Hi, everybody. Thanks for joining us tonight. I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedules to spend a little bit of time with us. So the question becomes, how do we get these things into the body? My first thing to say is that water, pure clean water, first thing in the morning upon rising.
You know your body is coming off of a fast. Hopefully a 6-8-hour fast and so it’s really important to start your day hydrating with a ton of water. We can ask the question, what do I drink? First thing in the morning at least two cups of water. I’m actually aiming for about 24 ounces of water. If you want to add some lemon to it, it’s really important.
You should be consuming about half of your body weight and ounces of water each and every day, preferably, not in plastic. Then I have a Superfood Tonic that will follow later for some different options. It can actually include regular water or if you have an athlete, or we have any dehydration, coconut water is an excellent source of potassium and electrolytes.
Raw apple cider vinegar is very alkaline forming in the body. Pink salt is mineralized salt. Most salt is heated over thousand degrees. Pink salt actually is air-dried and has minerals and the lemon of course, is alkaline forming. Stevia or raw honey is an option and cinnamon is also an option.
I actually love cinnamon and Stevia, if you can tolerate it. Raw Maqui Berry powder is one of the superfood antioxidant powders that’s easy to utilize. It comes in a powder form. It’s a freeze-dried berry. You can add it to anything from smoothies to your waters. Some of the caffeine substitutes we recommend; Yerba Mate. Yerba Mate actually does contain caffeine. It’s just at about a quarter of a rate as the coffees that we consume.
Red teas, the Rooibos teas, Tulsi tea is known as holy basil. It’s very balancing. The Yerba Mate, what I love about it is it’s from the rainforest. It has vitamins, minerals, antioxidants. It does increase metabolism as well as energy. When you look at a picture like this, it just wants you to go to a farmer’s market.
So, the superfood option that we can start with maybe for instance, hemp. I love hemp seeds, hemp hearts. Hemp is an excellent, excellent protein source. It’s got a great omega, iron, magnesium. It’s really full of nutrients, good fats. It comes in oil form. It comes in seed form. It comes in butter form. We’ve also got some other additions.
Coconut is pretty easy. Extra virgin, raw coconut oil is excellent to eat raw in smoothies or to add to grains and vegetables after they’re cooked. Maqui berry is full of antioxidants. Maca powder is wonderful. We’ll talk about that a little bit later. It’s great for strength, stamina, athletes. Mangosteen is high anti-inflammatory. Goji berry is a ton of vitamin C.
I’m going to say it, raw chocolate. Oh yeah, cacao. It is amazing. So, we’ll talk about that and then, the green foods which are some of my favorites. I really love green foods. Pure Greens is an excellent, excellent source of raw organic ingredients. It is from MD Prescriptives. What I like about it Pure Greens is that you can’t taste the spirulina and the chlorella.
Spirulina is a salt water microalgae. Chlorella is a fresh water microalgae. To me they don’t taste that great. So when I take the Pure Greens, I’m getting my superfoods and I can’t taste a thing. Back to the hemp, we talk about the hemp oil is excellent to use for a salad dressing. On the right, you’ll see hemp hearts. They’re very nutty tasting.
I’ve been able to find them at whole foods market. This particular company is my favorite. It’s Canadian and it’s really nutty tasting. You can add hemp hearts to anything from soups, salads, sandwiches. There’s also hemp seed butter. If you can see, it’s got an excellent source of omegas, as well, as protein. So, use that on your sprout or Ezekiel bread.
Coconut is a favorite, favorite superfood for me. It’s wonderful. It’s gaining popularity. Coconut water is excellent again for post exercise. If you are heating oils, it is one of the oils that will withstand high-heat cooking. It’s an excellent good fat in smoothies. They’re a milk alternatives.
It’s so popular now, it’s in the grocery store. These are actually really creamy milks. The Kefirs’ are wonderful. They have yogurts, coffee creamers, sorbets that are tasty. Nice flavors, and then the flavored waters. The benefits of coconut oil, coconut oil contains a medium chain fatty acid which means when you eat it, your body utilizes it immediately as energy. It is not stored as fat.
It’s also an antiviral based on its lauric acid. Sometimes you have to go and not be able to get the raw coconut. You’re not going to maybe be climbing the coconut tree. So you got to buy it. You can buy it in different forms. It’s actually wonderful. The Maqui berry, the Maqui berry is wonderful for antioxidants. It helps with the immune system and actually supports healthy vision.
When we’re talking about Maca powder, Maca has got a nice multi flavor. It’s an adaptogen which helps people adapt to stress. It supports thyroid function, normal sexual function. It promotes hormonal balance and strength and stamina. So, any athlete should definitely be consuming Maca powder. Okay, here we go.
The evidence is showing through research. There’s been a couple of studies there’s a reduction of psychological symptoms of anxiety, lowers depression, benefits sexual dysfunction. The studies that actually shows the increased sperm count. Mangosteen, amazing antioxidant, anti proliferation of cancer cells meaning it’s going after free radicals.
It induces apoptosis which is cell death and all the bad guys. It’s a high anti-inflammatory and helps with joint pain. I mean when you look at this slide, it’s really a beautiful fruit but again, you’re not always going to be able to go out and buy the fresh fruit. So, there are different ways you can get it. It enhances cellular rejuvenation, antioxidants, and immunity.
Goji Berry, I mean look at that picture. It grows in one of the harshest climates on the planet. It’s known as “the happy berry.” Hormonal balance and there’s different ways again that you can get it. It comes in little packages that you can mix into a Supercrunch mix. It comes in liquids. It’s available at health food stores. Again, you’ll have resources available to you through the MD Prescriptives’ website. There are other superfruits.
I’m sure you guys have heard about Acai berries from Dr. Oz. Noni, noni is very bitter. It doesn’t taste very good but it is wonderful for you. As a digestive bitter, it works with diabetes. Again, some of the forms are either liquid or freeze-dried powders. Chocolate, here we are. It’s my favorite. It’s a powerful antioxidant. It is the highest food source of magnesium, iron, and minerals.
I really enjoy getting food-based nutrition to where we’re actually getting the nutrition foods instead of so many supplements but I have to be honest, it’s quite bitter by itself. So, it comes in different forms. Cacao is actually a nut. It grows on a tree. As you can see in the picture, its got this meaty type of inside and inside is the bean.
They can crush it into a nib which is a smaller portion of the bean and then it’s also found in powder. I love to make a hot chocolate as a coffee replacement. It gives you a nice boost. It’s got PEA, which is Phenylethylamine. It enhances mood. It also decreases appetite and it is used for weight loss and a thermogenic. Raw cacao butter, this is raw white chocolate. It’s an excellent fat source.
You always want to have a good fat when you’re making any smoothies. Cacao counts as one of those. Hemp seeds counts as a good fat. Avocado counts as a good fat. Raw nuts and seeds count as a good fat. Here we go into some of the green foods. It’s really, really important that we get these green foods into our bodies. Again, they don’t taste very good to me, personally.
So I like finding that I can take it in capsule form. The greens are actually amazing alkaline. Spirulina is a salt water microalgae. It’s 68% protein by weight. These mirocalagaes are the fundamental food sources for millennia. It’s really important to eat them. Chlorella is a fresh water microalgae. It’s also found in the Pure Greens like the spirulina.
When you look at live chlorella under a microscope, it looks the same as human blood. So, when I think of spirulina as a 68% protein and I think about chlorella – I think about feeding the blood. So, that’s why you want to definitely, definitely eat your pure greens. Sea vegetables are part of the formula. They are also food-based iodine. Sea vegetables are amazing.
They increase thyroid function, breast health. You can find powdered kelp in the health food store as well as Dulse. Sprinkle it on your food. So, how do we get started guys? That’s the question really. It’s like here we have all this information but what do we do? Well, what we’ll have you do is review some recipes and then try something that sounds yummy and that’s different that you’re not always eating.
Then make a list of ingredients. Go shopping and choose some herbs for flavor. If you do nothing more than increase your water and add more veggies to your life, you’ve already started. Shop. Go around the peripheries. Stick around the outside of the grocery store; organic meats and dairy, the organic fruits and vegetables.
Make sure you’re washing your vegetables. That’s important, with a citrus-based spray. Sometimes I’ll even use apple cider vinegar and salt as a rinse. Then make a list. Okay, I’m going to need some Kombu. Again, that’s that food-based iodine. It’s excellent to make soup stocks. It really works well in lentil and bean dishes. It increases digestion.
Herbs add flavor. Choose fruits and vegetables in season. I want you to think about changing the way you cook. I’d rather see you using oils in the raw form. Say, you steam your vegetables, add olive oil raw. Say you cook your grains, add some coconut oil. Start to use some vegetable stock. You can use the Kombu stock. You can use water. Organic chicken stock to sauté.
It is possible and it really does make a difference on cholesterol numbers and weight. So, here are some of the recipes that will be available to you on the MD Prescriptives’ website. The Superfood Tonic we talked about. It’s just another way to hydrate. The raw veggie smoothie. There’s a lot of variations to have fun with.
You know make a fresh green salad and maybe a vegetable soup and a lentils soup, and then eat off of that all week long. Then just start to explore some of the superfoods with the chocolates and the Goji berries and so forth. This is the recipe that will be available to you. We reviewed it a little bit earlier.
Your first step in making a smoothie could be something as simple as frozen banana and romaine lettuce or spinach in a blender. A little water. A little ice. Even if you have no other superfoods, you can just start with that. This is one of my favorite sources for raw veggie smoothies. The whole family is raw. I’m not saying that you have to be but they have some great ideas.
Some other great ideas that I like to do is simply put a cucumber and some melon in a blender with some ice. Yum! One of my summertime favorites. You can blend either any kind of fruit. If you have no blood sugar or weight issues, you can use banana and mango freely. Children love those. Berries with any leafy greens. I usually say alternate.
You know it’s interesting I’m growing Swiss chard in my garden and I was looking at it yesterday, and it’s the rainbow chard and the red one. It’s so interesting, Swiss chard is loaded with iron. When you look at the Swiss chard leaves, it actually looks like a circulatory system. You can see like the veins. It’s really wonderful. It’s goes amazingly well with strawberries.
So, very simple. Strawberries, Swiss chard, ice and water. Refresh a little lemon on it. You are set! Then try different variations, okay. Maybe one day you’ll add hemp seeds for good fat. Maybe you’ll add Maqui Berry and you start to play around more with Maca powder. Again, it is whatever you have in the fridge.
I kind of treat my smoothies like an art project and really get creative. By the way, plant-based preparations are yummy. Make a superfood salad. Add some baked sweet potatoes and some beets. Add some hemp seeds, nutritionally use some pink salt. You’ve increased your nutritional status just simply by doing those few things.
When you look here, you can definitely get full. When dining out, make sure you ask for what you want. What we like to do is make soups weekly to save time. You can see on the left that is actually Kombu. It’s a sea vegetable. It’s sold dried in health food stores. When you put it in your soup, it actually rehydrates. You can just take it out. It’ll be a hundred percent iodine.
Go through the refrigerator. See what vegetables you have. Make a soup. If you guys are grilling and chilling on the weekend, throw a bunch of vegetables… This is actually a really yummy thing to do. Try different recipes because I got to tell you… Look guys, superfoods make us superheroes when we consume them.
So, try some different things. Peaches, chocolate makes a great smoothie. Again, here’s the PureGreens. One of my favorites. It’s a great way to experience health at a new level because we all know as great as all of these superfoods are, oftentimes we can’t really get them into our bodies and we must supplement.
The PureGreens has your land grasses, your wheat grass, barley grass, alfalfa grass. It has your sea vegetables; your kelp; your Dulse. It has your Resveratrol, turmeric. It has cacao. It has bee pollen. It’s just a wonderful, wonderful way to alkalize the body and increase antioxidants, and decrease inflammation. On the next slide, I’m going to let Dr. Pati talk to you a little bit about the nutrition of it.
So, first of all, I want to thank you for what you did and just tell you that sometimes just to get my superfoods in. I will do something like instead of taking a blender out, I’ll just take some coconut milk and add a scoop of raw Maca, and a scoop of raw cacao, and a scoop of raw Maqui Berry, and maybe a little of raw honey. Mix it up. Shake it up. Put some ice in it. Take a straw and that’s my breakfast.
It’s interesting because we sometimes think that these things have to be extremely complicated that you have to get the blender out and all of that. You really can look at it between the tonic water and some of the things that you can do without a blender when you don’t have time. This is also where the PureGreens come in because obviously, most of us would find it challenging to always get superfoods in.
The thing about this particular formula is obviously, it’s a six-capsule formula because it was made with therapeutic dosing on the top ten superfoods. So, this really does have the top ten superfoods. They’re both organic and raw which means that they’ve never been heated above 118-degrees and means that all the phytonutrients are still active. All the enzymes are active.
That’s what we lose when we heat above 118 which is cooked food. So in this formula we’ve got therapeutic doses for spirulina and chlorella. The Organic Green Tea Leaf extract at 98% which is the cancer dose for that. Barley grass, wheat grass, Quercertin, tumeric. Many of you may know that Curcumin is one of the anti-Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis ones.
The kelp, the Dulse, the raw cacao. So, this is one of the things that I keep with me and actually keep on my desk and find that it’s something that I can take from time to time. We would really like to thank MD Prescriptives for sponsoring this first series which is a webinar series for all of you which we hope to continue at a fast clip so you can continue to have information.
You have to recognize yourself for signing in to this webinar. You are the star. Congratulate yourself for every piece you do. We’re hoping that some of the tidbits that we presented allow you to see the why of why we recommend what we recommend. Also allow you to make some choices that are based upon the fact that this knowledge is your power to make informed choices.
Starting young because we’re seeing diseases in young people that we’ve never seen before. So, as we learn about these things and we’re able to continue to grow our ability to incorporate superfoods and plant-based proteins into our diet, our health has nowhere to go but up. There’s certain things that you can learn about over time. Things like sprouting your own grains.
There’s a website called handypantry.com that you can use. Adding sea vegetables such as the kelp and the Kombu. As Margaret was saying, go to the grocery stores. See what they have and try it out. Adding superfoods to your diet as we talked about. We’re giving you some of the sources here which actually also will be on MD Prescriptives’ website and maybe on the website of your physicians.
Basically, we get most of our things from Longevity Warehouse, SunFoods, Amazing Grass, PRL, MD Prescriptives. These are always screened for quality and purity, and energetic testing also. There’s several books that you could utilize to help you in this journey. We ask you to have fun and relax, and nutrify.
Also we would like to invite you if you have questions. Not only to ask them now but also to refer to the webinar posted on the website and also to your health care providers for further information on how you can extend your quality of life through adding superfoods to your diet. So, thank you very much for being here and we’re ready for questions.
Is there anybody that have a question they would like to ask about any of the superfoods? So, the first question of course was, will the slides be available and after the webinar? The answer to that of course is, yes. We got hugs from somebody and a thank you from somebody else. Let’s see. Keep pulling up. Do we have any other questions?
It looks like we don’t have any other questions. So, do you have anything to add to this, Margaret? Are we good? Well, my biggest advice is just have fun with this and treat this like an art project. You know sometimes when I’m working with patients, they get a little overwhelmed and my biggest advice is to just have fun and enjoy the process.
Keep in touch and let us know if you have any other questions. It looks like somebody’s asking… Yes, the webinar will be available on the MD Prescriptives’ website. So, it will be archived. Let’s see, what else do you have here? The slides will be available? Yes, they will. I suggested clean water, preferably not in plastic. Pure water. Okay.
So, I’d like to thank you guys very much. You’re wonderful. Again, we will keep it coming. So, stay tuned for our next webinar and you guys have a fantastic evening.